By actively encouraging knowledge dissemination and discussion we hope to raise awareness about key ecological issues and build opportunities for collaboration among our partners.

Scheduled seminar sessions are held at ARI on Mondays 1-2 pm, unless otherwise indicated. Each session runs for a total of one hour and includes time for questions. Sessions may involve multiple speakers giving shorter 'snapshot' style presentations. Note that the schedule is subject to change at short notice.

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Seminars are at: 123 Brown Street Heidelberg, Victoria

2018 ARI Research Seminar Series

Our seminar series has concluded for 2018. Our 2019 schedule is being developed and will commence early in the year (February-March). Details will be posted in the new year. 

2018 Speaker(s) and subject
December 3rd Amber Clarke (DELWP, Water and Catchments)
Making the long-term and large-scale commitment to waterway health in Victoria

Jarod Lyon (ARI, Applied Aquatic Ecology)
How many carp are there in Australia?
Jim Capurso (United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service)
River restoration in the Pacific Northwest
Ian Cowx (University of Hull, Hull International Fisheries Institute & Michigan State University)
Decoupling the impact of societal development and climate change on fisheries in the Lower Mekong Delta
10th Rodney van der Ree (University of Melbourne, School of BioSciences)
Trends in the number of flying-foxes in Victoria - what might the future hold?
November 29th
Melissa Haeffner (Portland State University, Environmental Science and Management)
A research agenda for environmental justice
October 8th David Meagher (Environmental consultant)
What's that green stuff? The bryophyte flora of Lord Howe Island
  22nd Kay Morris (ARI, Riparian and Wetlands)
The Riparian Intervention Monitoring Program: gathering evidence of riparian responses to management

Katherine Harrisson (ARI, Post Doctorate, and La Trobe University)
Assessing stocking outcomes, connectivity and genetic health in Golden Perch
September 10th Brad Farmilo (ARI, Community Ecology)
Quantifying effectiveness of weed control in threatened Victorian grasslands

Lauren Johnson (ARI, Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation)
Continuing the recovery of Barred Galaxias - learning by doing
24th Jason Alexandra (Environmental consultant - Alexandra & Associates)
Conversing about water governance with Alfred Deakin's ghost
August 13th Jim Fredericks (Idaho Department of Fish and Game, USA)
Fisheries Research Section: the mission, the model, and the greatest hits
July 2nd Lindy Lumsden (ARI, Wildlife Ecology)
Artificially creating new hollows for the Critically Endangered Leadbeater's Possum

Justin O'Connor (ARI, Aquatic Connectivity & Fish Passage)
Guidelines for fishway managment in Victoria

Frank Amtstaetter (ARI, Aquatic Connectivity & Fish Passage)
Fishways provide catchment-scale improvements to a diadromous fish population upstream of barrier
30th Zeb Tonkin (ARI, Instream Habitat & Environmental Flows)
Monitoring fish responses to environmental flows across Victoria: a shift towards understanding processes, population dynamics and long-term projections

Chris Jones (ARI, Riparian & Wetland Ecology)
Regular intervention monitoring providing valuable insights into vegetation responses to environmental flows on rivers

Charles Todd (ARI, Population Processes)
Large scale population dynamics of an enigmatic fish: basin wide population dynamics of Golden Perch
May 14th Liam Smith (BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute)
Conducting behavioural reserach to deliver better environmental behaviour change programs
April 9th Will Mooney (Murray Lower Darling Rivers - Indigenous Nations)
National Cultural Flows Research Project
23rd John Lesku (La Trobe University, School of Life Sciences)
Sleeping in the sea & air
March 19th Anne Christianson (University of Minnesota)
Climate resilience: looking at social-ecological system vulnerabilities through a gender lens
  26th Sam Grover (La Trobe University & RMIT)
Peatlands of the Victorian Alps and Indonesia
February 19th Paul Sunnucks (Monash University, School of Biological Sciences)
Climate adaptation and population divergence in the Eastern Yellow Robin

2017 ARI Research Seminar Series

Presentations that were part of our 2017 series.

2017 Speaker(s) and subject
December 4th Katherine Harrisson (ARI, Aquatic Restoration & Environmental Flows, and La Trobe University)
Genetics: what is it good for?  
11am -12 pm
Sabra Comet (Portland State University, USA)
Engaging Native American tribes as stakeholders in marine reserves management
November 8th
John Hayes (Cawthron Institute, New Zealand)
Effects of flow alteration and multiple stressors on drift feeding fish: insights from trout bioenergetics and invertebrate drift process modelling
11am - 12 pm
Either side of the Big Wet of 2010-2012: the future resilience of south-eastern Australia's biota

Ralph MacNally (University of Canberra)
Plains vertebrates (Box-Ironbark): amphibians and birds

Jian Yen (University of Melbourne)
Plains vegetation (Box-Ironbark)

Ralph MacNally
Floodplain vegetation

Jim Thomson (ARI, Ecological Analysis and Synthesis)
Stream macroinvertebrates
1-2 pm
Dave Hunter (Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW)
Challenges associated with threatened species management over the past 20 years
October 2nd Richard Peters (La Trobe University, School of Life Sciences)
Game of Thrones: explaining displays of aggression by lizards
September 4th Rob Hale (University of Melbourne, School of BioSciences)
Assessing the ecological costs and benefits of artificial wetlands in urban landscapes
August 14th Patrick Grillas (Tour de Valat, France)
Restoration of the Camargue Wetlands
28th John Morgan (La Trobe University, School of Life Sciences)
So the alpine's shrinking, right? Insights from space, time and 'by design' experiments
June 5th Fern Hames (ARI, Science Manager Communication and Collaboration)
Antarctica: learning about leadership and climate change from penguins and glaciers
May 1st Brett Bryan (Deakin University, School of Life and Environmental Sciences)
Integrated modelling for sustainability of coupled human and natural systems
22nd John Weiss (Agribio, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources)
How good are we at finding pests? Can dogs, drones, DNA help?
March 6th Paul Boon (Victoria University, Engineering and Science)
The Hawkesbury River: a social and natural history
February 27th Carlo Pacioni (ARI, Predator Management)
Applications of population genetics to wildlife management

Chris Jones (ARI, Riparian and Estuarine Ecology)
A journey from riparian vegetation and back again

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